New Indiana Law Holding Abortion Doctors Accountable

Published 07/02 2014 02:26PM

Updated 07/02 2014 02:36PM

A new Indiana law took effect that is holding abortion doctors accountable.  The only abortion doctor in Fort Wayne has already been under the microscope over the last year or so for questionable abortion practices and now the State wants to see the paperwork.

So how is this law going to effect the abortion clinic here in Fort Wayne? 

Admitting privileges are not new but as of July 1st, a new Indiana law will now hold Indiana abortion doctors accountable.  The law requires abortion doctors to have appropriate credentials to admit patients into a hospital in case of complications.

Documentation stating hospital admitting privileges must be kept on file at the abortion facility and must also be filed with the Indiana State Department of Health.

The new law also allows the State to verify that the law is being met by doing a records check.

Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter issued this statement, "The law requiring hospital admitting privileges is necessary to protect a woman experiencing complications after an abortion.  Under this new law, the Indiana State Department of Health will ensure that abortion doctors are prepared to facilitate emergency care for women with abortion complications."

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer is the only abortion practitioner in Fort Wayne.  Klopfer has a history of not filing abortion reports within the required 3 day time frame and is currently facing charges in Saint Joseph County for failing to report an abortion.

In December of 2013, Klopfer stopped performing abortions in Fort Wayne after his backup physician, Geoffrey Cly, resigned.

WFFT reached out to all 3 of Dr. Klopfer's clinics for a reaction to the new law but no phone calls were returned.

Tammy Lieber is the Spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood on Indiana/Kentucky and says, "Admitting privileges are not new.  That is a law that has been on the books for several years.  The law that took effect required that we file documentation of those existing admitting privileges with the State Department of Health, which we have done."

As for the local abortion clinic in Fort Wayne, if Dr. Klopfer cannot prove the status of his hospital admitting privileges, by law the state could shut him down.

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